Monday, April 10, 2006

Holy Moses -- She Nailed It

Writer Jennifer Moses explains very well why a Hillary Clinton presidential bid is a bad idea. I don't personally have anything against Hillary, although she doesn't strike me as the natural and charismatic leader that Bill was (okay, and as a liberal I think she's leaning too far toward the center for my tastes, especially with her unwavering support for the Iraq War). But Moses highlights what I've been telling everyone who asks (or doesn't): Hillary cannot win the middle. There is the great opportunity for Democrats in 2008 because many moderate Republicans are fed up with their party's recent shenanigans. However, the right wing noise machine spent the 1990s demonizing Hillary so well, positioning her somewhere to the left of Fidel Castro, that those voters would never switch sides for her. And contrary to what feminists might argue, it has nothing to do with her being a woman -- it's all about her being Hillary Clinton.

What scares me is that Hillary could easily win the primaries to become the 2008 Democratic nominee. I fear that shortsighted primary voters are going to condemn us to four more years of a Republican White House. At this rate we'll be lucky to survive the current administration without a devastating economic collapse, but that's a topic for another blog entry.

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